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by Mark Sabbatini
If there's a prototypical album for Starbucks to play on Sunday mornings, this is it. Whether that's a good or bad thing will ultimately shape opinions about Bradley Sowash's For The Beauty Of The Earth. He performs the fourteen solo piano hymns and spirituals well with a sprinkling of personal accents and a lively contemporary sound, but little overall departure from the actual compositions. It is, essentially, a gifted lounge pianist taking his Saturday evening gig to church the next ...read more
by David Rickert
Jazz has always had a close tie to religion, from its roots in gospel music and spirituals to the divine musical quests of Coltrane and the Sacred Concerts of Ellington. However, few artists have mined the hymnal directly for source material, and fewer still have then recorded albums that have reflection and meditation as their key goal.
Bradley Sowash has dedicated a large part of his career to playing this music in a jazz context. For the Beauty ...read more